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For quite a while now I have been incorporating flash cards into our playtime so that my little girl can learn and absorb information without even realising she is learning. Flash cards are a fun way of doing this as usually they are quite bright and colourful and have a cute picture on them which will gets a little childs attention.
At the moment my little girls favourite phrase is, "what's that?", so she's an absolute sponge for information which is why I searched for some new flash cards on Amazon recently. I found lots of different ones available such ad first words which we also purchased and these very handy number cards.
I think one of the best way for kids to learn is by visual stimulation and also by repetition. If they are surrounded by words and images all the times then its more likely that these words will sink in and hopefully become part of their vocabulary and help them to eventually read the words. I think its very easy to incorporate numbers into your everyday routine, we count when we go up the stairs, we count the number of cars we see when we are on a walk etc etc so its very easy but these cards just provide another way of learning numbers which I think is great
What I like about these cards is that the number in question is shown in a variety of different ways so you can teach it easily. For example you will find the numerical version of the number in the top left hand corner, e.g., 1, 2, 3 and so on. Then the number will be written out in words on the card. For example the number 7 will be written as seven. The card also has a picture of seven items, in these case seven ducks so there will be seven ducks to show a little one exactly how many seven means. This allows us to count up to the number 7 by counting the ducks and so I like this aspect of the cards too.
The cards come in a nice cardboard box that looks a bit like a small A5 book. I like that they have this packaging as its a nice place to store the cards after use and you don't have them strewn all over the house like we do with some other cards we have. These cards are really nice and colourful and bright and so are eye-catching which is half the battle I think when you are trying to show them to an excited 2 year old. They need to have interesting pictures and colours and of course words in order to spark some interest and make learning fun in my opinion. The little pictures they use to show numbers are cute and easy to identify such as 1 cat, 3 brooms, 7 ducks etc etc.
The cards are also textured as well and have either a shiny portion to them or a rough bit etc and so makes my little girl really want to reach out and touch them and look at them so this also helps with learning in my opinion.
The cards are in the £10 region and are a nice way of learning.